Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego Through 2018 (EXCLUSIVE)

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One of the largest pop culture conventions in the world is staying put, at least for another two years. Comic-Con organizers have reached a deal to remain in San Diego through 2018, sources confirm to Variety. An announcement is expected later this morning.

San Diego has been the home of Comic-Con since it first began in 1970, but with an average over 130,000 attendees in recent years, the event, held at the San Diego Convention Center, had begun to outgrow its Bayfront property.

Comic-Con organizers were strongly considering relocating to a larger convention center in Southern California, such as Los Angeles or Anaheim, when the current contract expires next year.

At the heart of the intense negotiations was San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer trying to convince dozens of local hotels to keep the cost down on their room rates, which tend to skyrocket during the always sold-out event.

A spokesman for Comic-Con was not available for comment.

The 46th edition of the annual confab kicks off next week.

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  1. JWM says:

    Any moron should be able to see that Comic-con has outgrown San Diego. Not enough hotel rooms; $40 a day hold-a-gun-to-my-head parking; sold out passes due to full capacity of venue; overcrowded venue, streets, sidewalks; Traffic; Amateur organizers who are too concerned with trying to keep people from selling or giving away their passes (what difference does it make) and over complicating the registration process instead of paying attention to what is really important need to go.

  2. Mitch says:

    alls I hear is a buncha whining in the other comments – good to hear SDCC will be here a bit longer, with the hope they will extend it beyond that as well

  3. Kohnhead says:

    Should move it to Orlando. Second largest convention center behind Chicago but 3 times bigger than San Diego. Also, second highest number of hotel rooms behind Las Vegas with near 150,000.

  4. Rivier Fonix says:

    Hotel costs are absolutely the biggest problem for San Diego.. absolutely. Creating more space is cool, but not a necessity. The Con has however grown to a size that many of the die hard fans aren’t able to attend anymore, having to compete with casual fans who want to “try it out”.

  5. Edmund Chew says:

    Was hotel pricing the only condition in keeping it in SD? What about space and attendee-friendly organization? Larger Halls to accomodate audiences, so that they don’t have to line up for hours (many overnight) for a shot to get into a Hall! Because people spend the whole day waiting in line, then sit in the Hall the whole day for fear of losing their seats, it’s bye-bye to the thought of seeing any exhibition booth :(

  6. Bryan Abou Chacra says:

    PLEASE move to a larger city and get out of mine

  7. Al Swearengen says:

    Comic Con needs to move to a larger city that’s more suited to handling such an event.

  8. CJ Cimada says:

    Bad move Comic Con. There’s not enough space there to accommodate everyone who wants to go, where’s the promised expansion San Diego promised 3 years ago? And now you sign on for another two years. Bad move, guess you really aren’t thinking of fan boys after all. As to San Diego they are too busy trying to keep the Chargers there…THAT Should have told you CC’s true value…zero. And reducing the prices of hotels…WHAT A DARN JOKE that the Mayor even said that. HE and the City Coffers love that price hike, means more T&T for them. It’s a total rip off on what hotels are allowed to charge….

  9. Jeremy says:

    Once the event got big, it never made sense to keep it in San Diego. Even moving to LA and Anaheim can be a bit nuts in one way though. These cities are already jam packed and So Cal cities especially LA have horrible traffic. San Diego is a far corner of the country, fortunately there is the one in NY.

    They made Comic Con the “every nerd” type of convention from games, (every kind of) comics, books, movies, shows, art and so on but they never really expanded as well to match all the additions and fan bases those additions bring.

  10. nara tims says:

    Comic-con was once a basement comic traders fun day, now it has turned into a crazy town event.

    Zombies last year caused traffic problems, some people kicked and dented vehicles and people too.

    The event has gotten out of hand, lots of non-related trade garbage is tied into the mess.

    Most of the Comic-con show is to promote movie and TV shows, very little in real comic books.

    Time to reboot the comic-book trade show.

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